|Planning My Work|
We talked with funders working in the US, Europe, and internationally about when, why, and how it’s useful to scan the landscape for new ideas and new directions. This updated edition of a 2004 GrantCraft guide reflects key changes in philanthropy, from the rise of social media to a growing tendency to scan continuously for changes and opportunities.
A well-structured competition or RFP can do more than just identify promising grantees. Guide contributors describe using each to clarify and reinforce foundation goals, create new lines of research, and expand their own knowledge of a field.
Imagine starting a new grant-making program from scratch — no prior grantees, no established procedures, no set objectives. One grantmaker's experience in starting a rural program illustrates some of the questions you would need to answer.
Put yourself in the shoes of a grantmaker who takes over a longstanding program, only to learn that it needs to be slimmed down and made more effective. This case surveys the landscape and lets you decide what to do.
Work alongside a grantmaker who created a new program to strengthen community foundations - building both their financial wealth and the effectiveness of their programs. What choices would you have made?
GrantCraft videos capture the insights and dilemmas of grantmaking from the point of view of the individual grantmaker. Now easier to view and download, each video takes an up-close look at how experienced practitioners coped with some of the most common challenges of grantmaking.
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